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SCENE IV. The Platform. Hath oped his ponderous and marble jaws, Enter HAMLET, HORATIO, and Mar

To cast thee up again! What may this inean,

That thou, dead corse, again in complete steel

Revisit'st thus the glimpses of the inoon,
Ham. The air bites shrewdly; it is very cold. Making night hideous; and we fools of nature,
Hor. It is a nipping and an eager* air. So horridly to shake our disposition it,
Ham. What hour now?

With thoughts beyond the reaches of our souls ?

I think it lacks of twelve. Say, why is this? wherefore? what should Mar. No, it is struck.

we do?
Hor. Indeed? I heard it not; it then draws Hor. It beckons you to go away with it,
near the season,

As if it some impartment did desire
Wherein the spirit held is wont to walk. To you alone.

[A Flourish of Trumpets, and Ord- Mar. Look, with what courteous action,
nance shot of', within.

It waves you to a more removed gġ ground :
What does this mean, my lord ?

But do not go with it.
Ham. The king doth wake to-night, and Hor.

No, by no means.
takes bis rouset. (spring $ reels; Ham. It will not speak; then I will follow
Keeps wassel I, and the swaggering up- Hor. Do not, my lord.

And as he drains his drauglits of Rhenish (lown, Nam. Why, what shonld be the fear ?
The kettle-drum and trumpet thus bray out I do not set my life at a pin's fee |||I ;
The triumph of his pledge.

And for my soul, what can it do to that,

Is it a custom? Being a thing immortal as itself?
Ham. Ay, marry, is't:

It waves me forth again ;-I'll follow it.
But to my mind,--though I am native liere, Hor. What, if it tempt you toward the
And to the manner born,-it is a custom

flood, my lord,
More honour'd in the breach, than the ob- Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff,

That beetles To'er his base into the sea?
This heavy-headed revel, east and west, And there assume some other horrible form,
Makes us traduced, and taxed of other nations: Which might deprive your sovereignty of rea-
They clepe|| us, drunkards, and with swinish And draw you into madness ? think of it: (son,
Soil our addition; and, indeed it takes (phrase The very place puts toys *** of desperation,
From our achievements, though performed at Without more motive, into every brain,
The pith and marrow of our attribute. [height, That looks so many fathoms to the sea,
So, oft it chances in particular men,

And hears it roar beneath. That, for some vicious mole of nature in them, Ham.

It waves me still: As, in their birth, (wherein they are not guilty, Go on, I'll follow thee. Since nature cannot choose his origin,) Mar. You shall not go, my lord. By the o'ergrowth of some complexion


Hold off your hands. Oft breaking down the pales and forts of reason; Hor. Be ruled, you shall not go. Or by some habit, that too much o'er-leavens Ham.

My fate cries out, The form of plausive manners ;--that these And makes each petty artery in this body inen,

As hardy as the Nemean lion's nerve.Carrying, I say, the stamp of one defect;

[Ghost beckons. Being nature's livery, or fortune's star, Still am I call'd;-unhand me, gentlemen ;Their virtues else (be they as pure as grace,

[Breaking from them. As infinite as man may undergo,)

By heaven, I'l make a ghost of him that lets itt Shall in the general censure take corruption I say, away :-Go on, I'll follow thee. (me: From that particular fault : The dram of base

[Exeunt Ghost and HAMLET. Doth all the noble substance often dout ** Hor. He waxes desperate with imagination. To his own scandal.

Mar. Let's follow; 'tis not fit thus to obey Enter Ghost.


(come? Hor.

Look, iny lord, it comes ! Hor. Have after:-To what issue will this Ham. Angels and ministers of grace, defend Mar. Something is rotter in the state of us!

Hor. Heaven will direct it. (Denmark. Be thou a spirit of health, or goblin damn'd, Mar.

Nay, let's follow him. Bring with thee airs from heaven, or blasts

[Exeunt. Bethy intents wicked, or charitable, (from hell,

SCENE V. A more remote part of the Thou com’st in such a questionablert shape,

Platform. That I willspeak to thee; I'll

call thee, Hamlet, King, father, royal Dane: 0, answer me :

Re enter Ghost and HAMLET. Let me not burst in ignorance ! but tell, Ham. Whither wilt thou lead me? speak, Why thy canonized bones, hearsed in death, Ghost. Mark me.

(I'll go no further. Have burse their cerements! why the sepulchre,


I will. Whercin we saw thee quietly in-urn'd,


My hour is almost come,
* Sharp
+ Jovial draught.

Jollity. $ a dance.
** Do ont.

11 Conversable. 11 Frame. 9 Remute.
WII Value.
19 Hangs.
*** Whims.

Itt Hinders.

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When I to sulphurous and tormenting flames Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole,
Must render up myself.

With juice of cursed hebenong in a vial,

Alas, poor ghost ! And in the porches of mine ears did pour
Ghost. Pity me not, but lend thy serious The leperous distilment: whose effect
To what I shall unfold.

[hearing Holds such an enmity with blood of man, Ham.

Speak, I am bound to hear. That, swift as quicksilver, courses througb Ghost. So art thou to revenge, when thou The natural gates and alleys of the body; Ham. What?

[shalt hear. And, with a sudden vigour, it doth posset Ghost. I am thy father's spirit;

And curd, like eager droppings into milk, Doom'd for a certain term to walk the night; The thin and wholesome blood : so did it mine: And, for the day, confined to fast in fires, And a most instant tetter || bark'd about, Till the foul crimes, done in my days of nature, Most lazarf-like, with vile and loathsome crust, Are burnt and purged away. But that I am All my smooth body. To tell the secrets my prison-house, (forbid Thus was I, sleeping, by a brother's hand, I could a tale unfold, whose lightest word Of life,of crown,of queen,at once despatch'd **; Would harrow up thy soul; freeze thy young Cut off even in the blossoms of my sin, blood;

[spheres; Unbousel'd tt, disappointedf], unaneldøs ; Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their No reckoning made, but sent to my acconnt Thy knotted and combined locks to part, With all my imperfections on my head : And each particular hair to stand on end, o, horrible! o, horrible! most horrible ! Like quills upon the fretful porcupine ; If thou hast nature in thee, bear it not ; But this eternal blazon * must not be

Let not the royal bed of Denmark be To ears of flesh and blood :- List, list, O list ! A couch for luxury and damned incest. If thou didst ever thy dear father love, But, howsoever thou pursuest this act, Ham. O heaven !

Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive Ghost. Revenge his foul and most unnatural Against thy mother aught; leave her to heaven, Ham. Murder?

(murder. And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge, Ghost. Murder most foul, as in the best it is; To prick and sting her. Fare thee well at once! But this most foul, strange, and unnatural. The glow-worm shows the matin to be near,

Ham. Haste me to know it; that I, with wings And 'gins to pale his upeffectual fire:
As meditation, or the thoughts of love, (as swift Adieu, adieu, adieu! remember me. (Exit.
May sweep to my revenge.

Ham. O all you host of heaven! 0 earth!
I find thee apt ;
What else?

[my heart ; And duller shouldst thou be than the fat weed And shall I couple hell ?-0 fie!-thold, hold, That rots itself in ease on Lethe wharf, (hear: And yon, my sinews, grow not instant old, Wouldst thou not stir in this. Now, Hamlet, But bear me stiffly up!-Remember thee? 'Tis given out, that sleeping in mine orchardt, Ay, thoa poor ghost, while memory holds a A serpent stung me; so the whole ear of Den

seat Is by a forged process of my death (mark In this distracted globe II. Remember thet ? Rankly abused: but know, thou noble youth, Yea, from the table of niy memory The serpent that did sting thy father's life, I'll wipe away all trivial fond records, (past, Now wears his crown.

All saws 41 of books, all forms, all pressures Ham. O, my prophetic soul! my uncle ! That youth and observation copied there : Ghost. Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate And thy commandment all alone shall live beast,

[gifts, Within the book and volume of my brain, With witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous Unmix'd with baser matter : yes, by heaven (O wicked wit, and gifts, that have the power O most pernicious woman! So to seduce !) won to his shameful lust O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain ! The will of my most seening virtuous queen: My tables ***,-meet it is, I set it down, 0, Hamlet, what a falling off was there! That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain; From me, whose love was of that dignity, At least, I am sure, it may be so in Denmark: That it went hand in hand even with the vow

[Writing I made to her in marriage; and to decline So, uncle, there you are. Now to my werd; Upon a wretch, whose natural gifts were poor It is, Adicu, Adieu! remember me. To those of mine!

I have sworn't. But virtue, as it never will be moved,

Hor. (Within.) My lord, my lord, Though lewdness court it in a shape of heaven; Mar. (Within.] Lord Hamlet, So lust, though to a radiant angel link'd, Hor. [Within.] Heaven secure him: Will sate f itself in a celestial bed,


So be it! And prey on garbage.

Mar. (Within.] Illo, ho, ho, my lord ! But, soft! methinks, I scent the morning air : Ham. Hillo, ho, ho, boy! come, bird, come. Brief let me be ;-Sleeping within mine or- Enter Horatio and MARCELLUS. My custom always of the afternoon, (chard, Mar. How is't, my noble lord? * Display. + Garden.

Satiate. $ Henbane. ll Scab, scarf.
.. Bereft.

#1 Without having received the Sacrament.
Unappointed, unprepared. ug Without extreme unction.
2 Head.

Sayings, sentences. •** Memorandum hool


my lord.


What news, my lord ? / Ham. Ha, ha, boy! say'st thou so; art thou Ham. O wonderful !

there, truc-penny? Hor.

Good my lord, tell it. Come on,--you hear this fellow in the cellarHam. No; Consent to swear.

[age,You will reveal it.


Propose the oath, my lord. Hor. Not I, my lord, by heaven., Ham. Never to speak of this that you have Mar. Nor I, my lord. Swear by my sword.

(seen, Ham. How say you then; would heart of Ghost. [Beneath.] Swear. man once think it?

Hom. Hic et ubique * ? then we'll shift our But you'll be secret,

Come hither, gentlemen, [ground:Hor. Mar. Ay, by heaven, my lord. And lay your hands again upon my sword:

Ham. There's ne'er a villain, dwelling in Swear by my sword, But he's an arrant knave. Call Denmark, Never to speak of this that yon have heard.

Hor. There needs no ghost, my lord, come Ghost. (Beneath.] Swear by his sword. To tell us this.

[from the grave, Ham. Well said, old mole! can'st work Ham. Why, right; you are in the right; i'the earth so fast?

[friends. And so, without more circumstance at all, A worthy pioneer ! Once more remove, good I hold it fit, that we shake hands, and part: Hor. O day and night, but this is wondrous You, as your business and desire shall point strange!

(welcome. For every man hath business and desire, [you; Ham. And therefore as a stranger give it Such as it is,-and, for my own poor part, There are more things in heaven and earth, Ho. Look you, I will go pray:

Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. [ratio, Hoř. These are but wild and whirling words, But come:

(yes, Here, as before, never, so help you mercy! Ham. I am sorry they offend you, heartily; How strange or odd soe'er I bear myself, 'Faith, heartily.

As I, perchance, hereafter shall think meet Hlor. There's no offence, my lord. To put an antic disposition on,Ham. Yes, by Saint Patrick, but there is, That you, at such times seeing me, never shall, Horatio,

With arms encumber'd thus, or this head. And much offence too. Touching this vision shake, here,

Or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase, It is an honest ghost, that let me tell you; As, Well, well, we know ;-ur, We coubi, an For your desire to know what is between us, if we would ;-or, If we list to speak ;-or, O’ermaster it as you may. And now, good There be, an if they might ;friends,

Or such ambiguous giving out, to note [swear, As you are friends, scholars, and soldiers, That you know aught of me:--This do you Give me one poor request.

Su grace and mercy at your most need help Hon. What is't, my lord ? Chost. [Beneath.] Swear.

[you! We will.

(seen to night. Ham. Rest, rest, perturbed spirit! So, genHum. Never make known what you have tlemen, Hor. Mar. My lord, we will not.

With all my love I do commend me to yon: Ham.

Nay, but styear't. And what so poor a man as Hamlet is [you, Hor.

In faith, May do to express bis love and friending to My lord, not I.

God willing, shall not lack. Let us go in toMar, Nor I, my lord, in faith.

gether; Hom. Upon my sword.

And still your fingers on your lips, I pray: Mar. We have sworn, my lord, already. The time is out of joint;-0 cursed spite! Ham. Indeed, upon my sword, indeed. That ever I was born to set it right! Ghost. [Beneath.] Swear.

Nay, come, let's go together. (Exeunt.

ACT II. SCENE I. A Room in Polonius's House, And how, and who, what means, and where Enter POLONIUS and REYNALDO.

they keep,

What company, at what expense; and finding, Pol. Give him this money, and these notes, By this encompassment and drift of question, Rey. I will, my lord.

[Reynaldo. That they do know my son, come you more Pol. You shall do marvellous wisely, good Reynaldo,

Than your particular demands will touch it: Before you visit him, to make inquiry Take you, as 'twere, some distant knowledge Of his behaviour.

of him; Rey.

My lord, I did intend it. As thus,-1 know his father, and his friends, Pol. Marry, well said : very well said. Look And, in part, him ;-Do you mark this, Rey. you, sir,

naldo? Inquire me first what Danskers † are in Paris; Rey. Ay, very well, my lord.


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Pol. And, in part, him ;-but, you may say, Pol. And let him ply his music. not well:


Well, my lord. (Exit. But, if't be he I mean, he's very wild;

Enter OPHELIA. Addicted so and s0;-and there put on bim Pol. Farewell!-How now, Ophelia? what's What forgeries you please; marry, none so rank the matter;

[affrighted! As may dishonour him; take heed of that; Oph. (), my lord, my lord, I have been so Lut, sir, such wanton, wild, and usual slips, Pol. With what, in the name of heaven? As are companions noted and most known Oph. My lord, as I was sewing in my closet, To youth and liberty.

Lord Hamlet,--with his doublet all unbraced; Rey.

As gaming, my lord. No hat opon his head; his stockings foolid, Pol. Ay, or drinking, fencing, swearing, Ungarter'd, and down-gyveds to his ancle; Drabbing :-You may go so far. (quarrelling, Pale as his shirt; his knees knocking each

Rey. My lord, that would dishonour him. And with a look so piteous in purport, (other; Pol. 'Faith, no; as you may season it in the As if he had been loosed out of hell, charge.

To speak of horrors,-he comes before me. You must not put another scandal on him, Pol. Mad for thy love? That he is open to incontinency; (so quaintly, Oph.

My lord, I do not know; That's not my meaning: but breathe his faults But, truly, I do fear it. That they may seem the taints of liberty: Pol.

What said he? (hard; The Aash and ont-break of a fiery mind; Oph. He took me by the wrist, and held me A savageness * in unreclaimed blood,

Then goes he to the length of all his arm; Of general assault.

And, with his other hand thus o'er his brow, But, my good lord, He falls to such perusal of my face, Pol. Wherefore should you do this? As he would draw it. Long stay'd he so; Rey.

Ay, my lord, At last,-a little shaking of mine arm, I would know that.

And thrice his head thus waving up and down, Pol.

Marry, sir, here's my drift; He raised a sigh so piteous and profound, And, I believe, it is a fetch of warrant: As it did seem to shatter all his bulk ll, Yon laying these slight sallies on my son, And end his being: That done, he lets me go: As 'twere a thing a little soil'd i'the working, And, with his head over his shoulder turn'a, Mark you,

He seem'd to find his way withont his eyes; Your party in converse, him you would sound, For out o' doors he went without their helps, Having ever seen in the predominate + crimes, And, to the last, bended their light on me. The youth you breathe of, guilty, be assured, Pól. Come, go with me; I will go seek the lle closes with you in this consequence;

This is the very ecstasy of love; (king. Good sir, or so; or friend, or gentleman, Wbose violent property foredoes itself, According to the phrase, or the addition, And leads the will to desperate undertakings, Of man, and country.

As oft as any passion under heaven, Rey.

Very good, my lord. That does afflict our natures. I am sorry, Pol. And then, sir, does he this,-He does-What, have you given him any hard words of What was I about to say ?--By the mass, I was late?

[command, about to say some something :-Where did I Oph. No, my good lord; but, as you did leave?

I did repel his letters, and denied
Rey. At, closes in the consequence. (marry; His access to me.
Pol. At, closes in the consequence,-Ay,


That hath made him mad. He closes with you thus:-1 know the gentle- I am sorry, that with better heed and judgment, I saw him yesterday, or t’other day, (man; I had no quoted ** him: I fear'a he did but Or then, or then; with such, or such; and, trifle,

[jealousy! as you say,

(rouse; | And meant to wreck thee; but beshrew my There was he gaming; there o'ertook in his It seems it is as proper to our age There falling out at tennis ; or, perchance, To cast beyond ourselves in our opinions, I suw him enter such a house of sale, As it is common for the younger sort Videlicet i, a brothel), or so forth.- To lack discretion. Come, go we to the king: See you now;

This must be known; which, being kept close, Your bait of falsehood takes this carp of truth : might move And thus do we of wisdom and of reach, More grief to hide, than hate to utter love. With windlaces, and with assays of bias, Come.

[Ereunt. By indirections find directions out;

SCENE II. A Room in the Castle. So, by former leetare and advice, (not? Shall you my son: You have me, have you Enter King, Queen, ROSENCRANTZ, GUILRey. My lord, I have.

DENSTERN, and Attendants. Pol. God be wi' you; fare you well. King. Welcome, dear Rosencrantz, and Rey. Good, my lord,-

Guildenstern! Pol. Observe his inclination in yourself.

Moreover that we much did long to see you, Rey. I shall, my tord.

The need we have to use you, did provoke • Wildness. † Already named.

That is to say. ý Hanging down like fetters. || Body. & Destroys.

** Observed,

put him


Our hasty sending. Something have you heard | He tells me, my dear Gertrude, he hath found Of Hamlet's transformation; so I call it, The head and source of all your son's distemper. Since not the exterior nor the ioward man Queen. I doubt, it is no other but the main; Resembles that it was: What it should be, His father's death, and our o'er hasty marriage. More than his father's death, that thus hath Reenter Polonius, with VOLTIMAND and

CORNELIUS So much from the understanding of himself, King. Well, we shall sist him.-Welcome, I cannot dream of: I entreat you both, [him:

my good friends! Thal,-being of so young days brought up with Say, Voltimand, what from our brother NorAnd, since, so neighbour'd to bis youth and way?

[desires. humour,

Volt. Most fair return of greetings, and That yoa vonchsafe yonr rest here in our court Upon our first, he sent out to suppress Some little time: so by your companies His nephew's levies ; which to him appear'd To draw him on to pleasures; and to gather, To be a preparation 'gainst the Polack 11; So much as from occasion you may glean, But, better look'd into, he truly found Whether aught, to us unknown, affiicts him, It was against your highness: Whereat grieved, That, open'd, lies within our remedy, (thus. That so his sickness, age, and impotence, Queen. Good gentlemen, he hath much Was falsely borne in hand 1,-sends out arrests talk'd of you;

On Fortinbras; which lie, in brief, obeys; And, sure I am, two men there are not living, Receives rebuke from Norway; and, in íine, To whom he more adheres. If it will please Makes vow before his uncle, never more

To give the assay of arms against your majesty. To show us so much gentry*, and good will, Whereon old Norway, overcome with joy, As to expend your time with us awhile, Gives him three thousand crowns in annual fee; For the supply and profit of our hope, And his commission, to employ those soldiers, Your visitation shall receive such thanks

So levied as before, against the Polack : As fits a king's remembrance.

With an entreaty, herein further shown, Ros. Both your majesties

[Gives u Puper. Might, by the sovereign power you have of us, That it might please you to give quiet pass Put your.dread pleasures inore into command Through your dominions for this enterprise ; Than to entreaty.

On such regards of safety, and allowance, Guil. But we both obey;

As therein are set down. And here give up vurselves, in the full bentt, King.

It likes us well: To lay our service freely at your feet,

And, at our more consider'd time, we'll read, To be comnxanded.

Answer, and think upon this business. King. Thanks, Rosencrantz, and gentle Mean time, we thank you for your well-took Guildenstern.

labour : Queen. Thanks, Guildenstern, and gentle Go to your rest; at night we'll feast together : Rosencrantz:

Most welcome home! And I beseech you instantly to visit

(Exeunt VOLTIMAND and CORNELIUS. My too much changed son.-Go, some of you, Pol.

This business is well ended. And bring these gentlemen where Hamlet is. My liege, and madam, to expostulate **

Guil. Heavens make our presence, and our What majesty should be, what duty is, Pleasant and helpful to him! (practices, Why day is day, night, night, and time is time, Queen.

Ay, amen! Were nothing but to waste night, day, and [Exeunt ROSENCRANTZ, GUILDENSTERN,

time. and some Attendants.

Therefore,-since brevity is the soul of wit, Enter POLONIUS.

And tediousness the limbs and outward flouPol. The embassadors from Norway, my rishes,Are joyfully return’d.

[good lord, I will be brief: Your noble son is mad: King. Thou still hast been the father of good Mad call I it; for, to define true madness, news.

[good liege, What is't, but to be nothing else but mad : Pol. Have I, my lord? Assure you, my But let that go. I hold my duty, as I hold my soul,

Queen. More matter, with less art. Both to my God, and to my gracious king: Pol. Madam, I swear I use no art at all. And I do think, (or else this brain of mine That he is mad, 'tis true : 'tis true, 'tis pity; Hunts not the trail i of.policy so sure

And pity 'tis, 'tis true: a foolish figure As it hath used to do,) that I have found But farewell it, for I will use no art. The very cause of Hamlet's lunacy.

Mad let us grant him theu: and now remains, King: 0, speak of that; that do I long to That we find out the cause of this effect; hear.

[sadors: Or, rather say, the cause of this defect; Pol. Give tirst admittance to the embas. For this effect, defective, comes by cause : My news shall be the fruits to that great feast. Thus it remains, and the remainder thus. King. Thyself do grace to them, and bring Perpend. them in.

[Exit POLONIUS. I have a daughter; have, while she is mine; • Complaisance. + Utmost exertion.

Sveit. Dessert

i Poland. Imposed on.

• Dircas8.

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